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Many depts of GoK yet to complete e-governance projects:Hindu dated18-4-05

THE HINDU

18-4-05

 

Many depts yet to complete e-governance projects

Software mismatch makes communication impossible

 

Nagesh Prabhu

 

  • Sixty-two departments have taken up e-governance projects at a cost of Rs. 179.93 crores.
  • Only 17 departments have completed their projects. Projects are in initial stage in 10 departments.
  • Each department opted for its own brand of software that is not compatible with that in other offices.

 

Bangalore: E-governance and computerization are yet to be completed in many government departments and agencies despite spending huge sums of money on them in the past five years and concomitant publicity.

 

Sixty-two government departments have taken up e-governance projects since 1995-96 at a cost of Rs. 179.93 crores for achieving the goals of efficiency, transparency and citizen-friendly interface. Of them, only 17 departments have completed their projects. The projects are at the completion stage in four departments and at the initial stage in 10 departments. Some progress has been made in 26 departments. There is, however, no information about the projects in five departments, according to official records.

 

In their eagerness to catch up with the latest trends in information technology, each departments opted for its own brand of Kannada software that is not compatible with that in other offices.

 

Departments/Directorates such as Women and Child Welfare, Economic and Statistics, Kannada and Culture, Secondary Education, Bangalore Mahanagara Palike have used “Nudi” software, while Social Welfare and Employment and Training went in for “Nudi” and “Kairali” software. While the Bangalore Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Board has used “Leep”, software, the Excise Department had adopted ISM. The Karnataka High Court and Port and Inland Water Transport department have used “Surabhi” software. The Karnataka Legal Services Authority has used “Surabhi” and “Srilipi” software. The Gulbarge Municipal Corporation has used “Lipi” software.

 

The Directorate of Translation has used “Akrati” and “Kannada Padma” software.

 

As a result, collection of data and reporting from one department to another is almost impossible, and the entire works has to be done all over again. If e-governance is to effective, individual application programmes should be able to communicate with those of the other departments. Inter-operability of e-governance projects is of vital importance if citizens are to benefit from information technology, say experts in e-governance.

 

Most of the departments have given consultancy to companies such as C-DAC, Wipro Infotech, HCL, Keonics, Zenith Computers, Excel software, TCL Limited, and Crest Technologies for software.

 

The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh has acknowledged the delay in the completion of e-governance projects.

 

He said in the Legislative Assembly recently he will take steps for their early completion. Many legislators argued that crores of rupees have been spent on e-governance projects but to no avail.

November 7, 2007 - Posted by | Govt. of Karnataka - GoK

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